Economists assume people are self-interested. He turned that assumption upside down.
He doesn't have time for the economics of selfishness.
Nipun Mehta's work is all about a fundamental question we've all asked at one point. Are humans inherently good to one another, or are we inherently selfish? Whole disciplines, like economics, are built on the latter assumption. Some might say democracy is built on the former assumption. Mehta built a company to prove you can rely on the best of people.
ServiceSpace, Mehta's company that incubates gift-economy projects, runs on the idea of giftivism.
And it works.
The four shifts are themselves pretty radical. But maybe that's what it takes to transform an entire economy.
Watch Nipun explain the shift toward a gift economy in his own words.